WEEK two and a genuine British sporting sensation to lift the nation. There was huge excitement among the crowd as Murray swept aside Roddick in the battle of the Andys.
The Scot voted it the best win of his career. We could all do with more of the same Murray magic this afternoon after an emotional sporting weekend.
Andy has revealed on his website how he was woken up at 3am on Saturday by fellow Scot Sean Connery, who was calling from the Bahamas to wish him luck against Roddick.
Failing to recognise the number, a stirred but not shaken Murray didn’t answer. He picked up the voicemail message in the morning.
“There’s nothing cooler than being woken up by James Bond,” said the young 007 fan, who hopes to fire a few more thunderballs down on Centre Court today.
The 19-year-old is through to the second week of a grand slam for the very first time and plays 18th seed Marcos Baghdatis. The winner is set for a probable quarter final with former champion Lleyton Hewitt.
If he plays like he did on Saturday evening in his straight sets victory against Andy Roddick, there will be no stopping Murray. His first set tie-break co-incided with England’s devastating penalty shootout loss in Germany.
But by the third set, there was sheer joy among home fans on Centre Court as their hero played some inspired tennis. He looked the real deal. But, of course, the big question is – can he play like that again? At Wimbledon, consistency is the name of the game. Just ask Roger Federer, who follows on after Murray’s match.
If he’s as on song as his iPod, the flying Scot has a good chance of disposing of Cypriot Baghdatis, 21, and keeping the excitement going until at least Wednesday. Wimbledon great Boris Becker was back in SW19 yesterday and thinks Andy could go almost all the way. “Anybody but Federer it’s OK to play,” was his verdict.
Murray will certainly have plenty of home support. Near the front of the queue for today’s daily sale of 500 Centre Court tickets was Christine Clarke, 54, of Billingshurst, Sussex.
She had arrived with her friends at 12.30pm yesterday lunchtime and had been queueing on the pavement ever since. The gates open at 10.30 this morning with another day of soaring temperatures in prospect.
“It’s been brilliant. I got four or five hours sleep,” said Christine, dressed in a Union Jack top. “We’ve come to see Murray and we’ll be back Tuesday night for Wednesday.
“We’ve been coming to the second week since 1997 and are big Henman fans. But I think Murray is very talented. I just wish he’d learn how to talk during interviews, because he sounds very disinterested all the time for some reason. And he keeps saying, ‘I don’t think I’m going to win.’ But he plays brilliantly, doesn’t he? It’s nice to know we’ve got somebody to take over the mantle.”
Accountant Simon Edwards, 41, from Gloucestershire has been a regular at Wimbledon since 1988. He had also queued up since Sunday lunchtime and was counting on Murray to give us something to smile about. “I think he’s got a better chance over the years to come than Henman ever had.”